Wedding at Bellevue Hall

Celebrations and Meetings


Banquet & Special Event Venues

No matter what you are planning, there is a special place in your Delaware State Parks to create a one-of-a-kind event. We have unique locations that are perfect for a casual business meeting for ten or an elegant wedding for hundreds, situated within some of Delaware's most scenic areas. Facilities are available for a few hours or a few days, and can accommodate from ten to 150. For larger events (up to 250), tents may be used on the grounds.

Historic Elegance

Auburn Heights

A timeless 1897 Victorian Queen Anne estate perfect for hosting an open-air formal affair or business function. Nestled in historic Yorklyn, Delaware and just a minute from Pennsylvania, the former Thomas Marshall estate is a unique location for events ranging from rehearsal dinners to small business meetings. Surrounding grounds and the beautiful rose arbor are available for tenting in groups of up to 125. The sunporch and patio are also available for smaller events. The sprawling wraparound porch welcomes you to the grand interior of the mansion, which is preserved as a museum showcasing the Marshall family’s life. Bride and groom dressing suites are available, and the interior makes a lovely backdrop for photography sessions as part of your life event.

Special arrangements can also be made for mansion tours for your guests or a Stanley Steamer vehicle ride as part of your event. The park includes the Auburn Steam Museum, featuring the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars. In addition, the Auburn Valley Railroad boasts a 1/8th-size coal-fired steam passenger train that circles the property. Both the Steam Museum and the railroad can also be booked as part of your special event for an additional fee. The Steam Museum accommodates 60 and is a popular addition to the adjacent tented area for happy hour celebrations.

Rentals start at $600 for wedding ceremony only, and $1600 or $1800 for ceremony and reception for four or five hours respectively.

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Site Details

The Auburn Heights grounds, hard surfaces and the beautiful rose arbor are available for tenting in groups of up to 125. The outdoor wraparound front porch, front yard and patio are also available for smaller events of up to 25.

Site Specifications

  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Handicapped accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

History

Completed in 1897, Auburn Heights was built overlooking the Marshall Brothers Paper Mill in Yorklyn, Delaware by Israel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Marshall. In 1901, the mill began to produce vulcanized fiber products commonly used in suitcases, footlockers, and other products. The mill eventually passed out of Marshall family hands in the mid-1950s.

Inspired by the large steam power plants in the mill, T. Clarence Marshall, the youngest of Israel and Lizzie's children built his first steam car at age 19 by replacing the small internal combustion engine of an Orient Buckboard with a steam power plant.

From 1910 until 1920, Marshall was a dealer for the Stanley Motor Carriage Company. He owned several Stanley steam cars during that time. In 1940, Clarence began collecting steam cars when he bought back a 1913 model 76 Stanley that he had originally sold as a dealer.

Home from duty after World War II, Tom Marshall, Clarence's son began working with his father to expand the collection and added a 1/8-size steam railway on the Auburn Heights property. In the 1970s, Tom opened the collection to the public under the name "The Magic Age of Steam." Tom Marshall founded the "Steam Team" in 1997 to pass along to interested individuals his knowledge and experience operating and maintaining the steam vehicles. The "Steam Team" has grown into the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve. The non-profit Friends group operates the Marshall Steam Museum on the property as well as the steam cars and railroad. Tom and Ruth Marshall donated the Auburn Heights property to the State of Delaware in November 2008

Reservations

Call Auburn Heights at (302) 239-5687 for information, or use our online contact form. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.

Bellevue Hall

An elegant estate perfect for hosting a formal affair or business function. Surrounded by beautiful grounds complete with gardens, a gazebo and patios, the mansion provides an ideal setting for both indoor and outdoor affairs. The interior includes a grand foyer, wood-paneled library, Crystal Dining Room, parlor, and several quaint rooms with chandeliers, fireplaces and charming turn-of-the-century décor. For wedding celebrations, the upstairs offers a stylish bridal suite, handsomely furnished groomsman's room, and a lovely sitting parlor for the bridal party. Tours of the mansion are offered periodically.

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Site Details

Bellevue Hall is a unique setting for memorable events -- both intimate and grand. It provides the perfect venue for elegant weddings and celebrations, as well as business meetings and corporate functions. In addition, the property provides an ideal backdrop for social gatherings including bridal and baby showers, anniversary and birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, and dinner receptions. The facility can also be used for training and conferences, the grounds are ideal for tented and other outdoor functions, and the garden is perfect for ceremonies.

The mansion features an expansive central foyer with a sweeping staircase, ornate marble fireplaces, a formal dining room, a classic wood-paneled library, and a trophy room. A large portico, framed by formal columns, opens onto the side patio. On the grounds, a perennial garden provides a charming setting for photographs or for a romantic stroll.

Bellevue Hall reservations are currently available for outdoor events only taking place prior to June 1, 2019. Indoor celebrations No reservations for after June 1st until we know if we have a new vendor and their business service offering.

This provides Bellevue with an option to continue while we go through this process. IF WE DO NOT GET ANY GOOD BIDS – we will know pretty quickly once we receive the proposals. We can potentially open the Site back up to accepting normal bookings as early as October 15th. We can have folks call back after October 15th to determine if the site will be available for Summer and Fall of 2019.

Total capacity of the mansion is 150. Individual rooms can accommodate from 25 to 100. For larger events of up to 250, tents may be used on the grounds.

Site Specifications

  • Number of rooms: 5
  • Total capacity: 150
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Handicapped accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Yes
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Cauffiel House

This charming summer estate sits gracefully atop a hill overlooking the Delaware River. Vintage sun porches open onto rolling manicured lawns with picturesque landscaping, a cozy gazebo and spectacular views from every angle of the property. In addition to a formal parlor and dining room, this grand home includes three period bedrooms to accommodate up to six overnight guests.

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Site Specifications

The Cauffiel House provides a flexible venue for intimate gatherings of 12 to 50 guests indoors and up to 150 guests for outdoor functions. This unique estate provides the perfect setting for corporate meetings, personal celebrations, board retreats, and wedding ceremonies and receptions. The charming property features three period bedrooms.

  • Number of rooms: 4
  • Total capacity: 50
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Yes
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes

Property History

Once the home of Daniel Cauffiel, advisor to the duPont family, the Cauffiel House was built in the early 1920s in the Colonial Revival-style. Influenced by his frequent travels to Europe, Cauffiel decorated the estate with unique furnishings from the 1930s, some of which remain. The Cauffiel family used the home as a summer residence, and two of his children lived at the house into the 1990s. The State of Delaware acquired the property in June, 1993. The Cauffiel House is available to the public for corporate meetings and conferences, as well as for weddings, receptions and other celebrations.

Download the Cauffiel House Facility Guide

Reservations

Call the Special Events Office for information regarding reservations at (302) 761-6952 , or via our contact form. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.

Judge Morris Estate

Built in the 1790s, this gray fieldstone house is the former home of Judge Hugh M. Morris, a Delaware native, respected attorney and distinguished federal judge. Decorated in the style of the late 1930s, the period when Judge Morris completed renovations to his newly-purchased farmhouse, the 600-acre estate includes a pond, pristine gardens, rolling manicured lawns, a fenced-in courtyard and quaint indoor accommodations inside this exquisite stone structure.

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Site Specifications

The Judge Morris Estate boasts a 1790s mansion that is beautifully appointed with period furniture, accessories, and pristine gardens and water features. With a space that accommodates up to 35 guests indoors and 125 under a tent outdoors, the Judge Morris Estate maintains the historic atmosphere inside and out and offers a unique setting for weddings and corporate events to teas and socials.

The Judge Morris Estate is easily accessible from I-95 and is within 45 minutes driving distance from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and two hours from New York City and Washington, D.C.

  • Number of rooms: 3
  • Total capacity: 125
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Yes
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Property History

In addition to serving as a federal judge and running a prominent law practice, Judge Hugh M. Morris operated a farm on the historic property. He purchased the estate in 1930, added a modern kitchen wing, and remodeled the farmhouse into a comfortable home for his family. Situated in Delaware's White Clay Creek State Park, the property was acquired by the state in 1998.

Download the Judge Morris Estate Facility Guide!

Reservations

Call the Special Events Office for information regarding reservations at (302) 368-6900, or via our contact form. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.

Mount Pleasant Meeting House

Take a step back to a simpler time at the Mount Pleasant Meeting House. A restored sanctuary with original decorative amber windows and walnut pews, the meeting house offers a simple, yet tranquil setting. Its beauty and serenity will make your wedding a unique and special event. A few steps away is the parsonage's restored Victorian parlor, which provides an ideal space for a bride and her attendants to await the arrival of the wedding guests.

Located on the grounds of what was once a noble estate and is now a spectacular Delaware State Park, the Mount Pleasant Meeting House is ideal for hosting a wedding or other special ceremony, an intimate gathering for family and friends, or a unique event for colleagues and dignitaries.

The Mount Pleasant Meeting House is easily accessible from I-95 and is within 30 minutes driving distance from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and two hours from New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Site Specifications

  • Number of rooms: 2
  • Total capacity: 120
  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Accessible: No
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: No
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Property History

Situated on the grounds of Delaware's magnificent Bellevue State Park, the 19th Century meetinghouse has been restored to include the warmth of its original decorative amber windows and a welcoming ambience from its lectern area and curved walnut pews.

This tranquil and understated property was once a house of worship and gathering place for Delaware's influential and noble community.

Download the Mount Pleasant Meeting House and Parsonage Facility Guide!

Reservations

Call the Special Events Office for information regarding reservations at (302) 761-6952, or via email. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.

Rustic Charm

Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond

The Baldcypress Nature Center offers exceptional meeting spaces in a stunning natural setting with breathtaking views of Trap Pond. Choose the Gallery or Multipurpose Room with exposed timbers and natural wood interiors for your retreat, conference or social get-together, and your guests will feel as if they are miles away from their daily hustle and bustle. Spacious courtyards provide the opportunity for your guests to enjoy the outdoors, and may be tented for use throughout the year. Have your special ceremony overlooking the pond or at the nearby Bethesda Church.

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Site Specifications

  • Total capacity: 75 indoors, 200 outdoors
  • Number of rooms: 3
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Yes
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes (on-site campground and cabins)

Blue Ball Barn

This two-story stone barn connects Delaware's past and present with a collection of unique cultural artifacts housed in a contemporary multifunctional space. Nestled in a scenic state park in northern Delaware, yet convenient to major roads and highways, the conference center's galleries feature the Delaware Folk Art Collection and offer spacious reception and meeting rooms, including a large open banquet room with wi-fi internet access and a secluded courtyard for picturesque outdoor accommodations.

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Site Specifications

Renovations to the historic Blue Ball Dairy Barn began in 2004, recapturing an idyllic time of the past. Three years later, the barn opened to the public as a showcase destination, complete with heritage relics and contemporary amenities. The special exhibit space is dedicated to the agricultural and rural history of the area and provides a unique setting for both business functions and private affairs. The facility is ideal for meetings, training and conferences, and the secluded courtyard can be used for tented and other outdoor functions.

  • Number of rooms: 5
  • Total capacity: 250
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Preparation Only
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Figure 8 Barn

The relaxed, open layout of this property presents flexibility on size as well as endless creative options for an out of the ordinary event. With 32,000 square feet of open space that can accommodate more than 3,000 guests, the Figure 8 Barn includes a raised dance floor and stage, a long hallway that provides a blank canvas for unique decorating ideas, and large bay doors for easy access of oversized equipment, themed ornaments, and tradeshow displays.

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Site Specifications

The Figure 8 Barn provides a unique venue for fundraisers, receptions and other large functions. Both the stage and raised dance floor can be surrounded by tables for dining or can accommodate large conference formats. This rustic setting can be ideal for casual gatherings or transformed to house a vast tradeshow or function.

  • Number of rooms: 2
  • Total capacity: 3,000
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Property History

Situated on the grounds of Delaware's magnificent 271-acre Bellevue State Park, the Figure 8 Barn is part of what was once a DuPont family estate.

The unique hour glass shape of the Figure 8 Barn was designed by William duPont, Jr. as an indoor horse training facility to further compliment his family's equestrian interests. The estate was purchased by the State of Delaware in 1976.

Download the Figure 8 Barn Facility Guide!

Reservations

Call the Special Events Office for information regarding reservations at (302) 761-6952 , or via Email. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.

Grass Dale Center

Escape the hectic pace of your office at the Grass Dale Center, tucked away in a peaceful and productive setting. The Grass Dale Center is a modern, professional meeting space. A building with a unique past, Grass Dale was once a rehabilitation complex for racehorses. The facility is conveniently located midway between Wilmington and Dover, just off Route 9 in Delaware City, north of the C&D Canal.

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Site Specifications

The Sanders Room at the Grass Dale Center may be reserved for 4-hour or 8-hour meetings and offers the following:

  • Total capacity: 100
  • Rates: $185 (4 hours)/$230 (8 hours)
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes (picnic tables)
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Reservations

For reservations or information about renting the Grass Dale Center, please call (302) 834-7941.

Killens Pond Nature Center

The park is a serene, natural setting that is home to many native species of wildlife and vegetation. The Killens Pond Nature Center design complements the surrounding environment rather than interfering with it. The center is located alongside the pond and at the edge of the park’s forest. The view of the pond and the covered outdoor decks connect visitors with the natural features of the park.

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Site Specifications

The Killens Pond Nature Center was built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The open design provides exceptional day-lighting and views.

The center offers a relaxing setting for meetings and small events. The lower level of the center features a lab that may be used as a classroom. The upper level meeting room overlooks Killens Pond and opens onto an observation deck, and the lower level opens onto a small amphitheater on the edge of the pond. During breaks, your guests will enjoy viewing the large collection of native reptiles and amphibians in the separate exhibit area.

  • Number of rooms: 2
  • Total capacity: Conference room 50/Classroom 30
  • A/V capabilities: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes (observation deck and amphitheater)
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes (on site campground)

Property History

Killens Pond State Park, established in 1965, was the first state park in Kent County. In addition to its central location, the park’s attractions such as year-round camping, the Killens Pond Water Park, disc golf course and ball fields make Killens Pond a popular travel destination. The centerpiece of the park is the 66-acre millpond, which is perfect for fishing and boating.

The Killens Pond Nature Center was built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards(outside link). Some of the environmentally-friendly features of the new building are rainwater recovery and reuse, geothermal heating and cooling and on-site wastewater treatment. The open design provides exceptional day-lighting and views. The lower level corridor, with a wall of glass on one side and a wall of stone and masonry on the other, provides substantial natural heat retention.

Reservations

For reservation information, please call (302) 284-4299 or email.

Seaside Wonder

Cape Henlopen Beach and Officer's Club

Long known as one of the East Coast's premier beaches, Cape Henlopen State Park offers sweeping views and a beautiful seaside setting for all types of events, from a budget-minded barefoot ceremony on the beach to large tented events for 400 or more. The Officer's Club, built during the park's earlier days as a military installation, offers casual indoor accomodations for up to 200 guests.

For more information on weddings at Cape Henlopen State Park, please call (302) 644-5005 or email capereservations@state.de.us

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Site Specifications

  • Total capacity: 400+
  • Number of rooms: 3
  • Accessible: No
  • Kitchen facilities: Officer's Club Only
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes (on-site campground and cabins)

Indian RIver Life Saving Station

Take a trip back in time with the help of a soft breeze off the Atlantic Ocean and the pristine white sandy beach at the historic Indian River Life- Saving Station at Delaware Seashore State Park.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this relaxed setting offers the bride and groom the unique experience of a beach wedding with a tented reception directly over the dunes. This property features a museum, gift shop, indoor dressing areas and restrooms.

This unique coastal property is great for any special event you may have in mind, and is ideal for beach destination weddings and receptions.

**Limited Dates available from mid-May to mid-October

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Site Specifications

The Indian River Life-Saving Station offers an ideal location for any event, from a casual beach-front affair to an elegant destination wedding, with a touch of Delaware history. Unique features for guests include an opportunity to tour the historic station museum or stroll along Delaware's picturesque shoreline.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station is located on Route 1 in Delaware Seashore State Park, three miles south of Dewey Beach and one mile north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. It is within two-hours driving distance from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

  • Number of rooms: Outdoor tented reception with indoor dressing area and guest restrooms
  • Total capacity: 250
  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Outdoor locations with indoor dressing
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes, Indian River Marina cottages 1.5 miles away

Property History

The Life-Saving Station has been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance, complete with its diamond-shaped trim facade and rustic color.

The station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Life-Saving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States.

Reservations

For reservations, please call (302) 227-6991.

Download the Indian River Life-Saving Station facility rental guidelines and site diagram.

Indian River Marina

The Point offers a spectacular view and different take on your traditional wedding venue. The modern Indian River Bridge provides a dramatic backdrop, and the marina itself offers beautiful waterside portrait opportunities. This location is perfect for all types of events, from small casual weddings to large receptions. With nearby overnight accommodations at the parks lovely waterfront cottages the Indian River Marina makes a unique wedding destination that the wedding party, family and guests are sure to enjoy and love. Limited Dates available in May, June, September and October.

The Indian River Marina is located on Route 1 in Delaware Seashore State Park, four miles south of Dewey Beach and west of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. It is within two hours driving distance from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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Site Specifications

  • Number of rooms: Outdoor tented reception (with indoor dressing capabilities with rental of Cottages), conference room for meetings
  • Total capacity: 150
  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes, Indian River Marina Cottages & Campground

Holts Landing

Imagine your guests dining in the shade of beautiful trees, dancing the night away amid thousands of twinkle lights or gathering around the fire pit making s'mores. The Grove at Holts Landing is the ideal location for the organic couple who enjoys the greenery and natural beauty of the outdoors. Nestled in a sweet spot on the bay the Grove is Delaware State Parks hidden gem perfect for family reunions, cocktail parties, company picnics or a lavish wedding! With overnight accommodations at Delaware Seashores lovely waterfront cottages just a pontoon ride across the bay the Grove makes a unique event destination that is sure to create long lasting memories for everyone.

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Site Specifications

  • Number of rooms: Outdoor tented reception
  • Total capacity: 300
  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: Yes
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: Yes, Indian River Marina Cottages or Campground